1. About cookies
- A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.
- Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.
- Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.
- Cookies can be used by web servers to identify and track users as they navigate different pages on a website and identify users returning to a website.
2. Our cookies
- We use both session and persistent cookies on our website.
- The names of the cookies that we use on our website, and the purposes for which they are used, are set out below:
(a) We use essential cookies on our website, these cookies make sure our website delivers information and services securely. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to move around our website or use its features. These types of cookies expire after a short time upon closing your browser.
You cannot opt out of using these cookies.
(b) We use the WordPress framework to provide you with our web site. WordPress makes use of session cookies which are automatically deleted every time you close your browser.
3. Analytics cookies
- We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of our website. You can view and manage cookies in your browser (though browsers for mobile devices may not offer this visibility) here:-
Our analytics service provider generates statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies.
The analytics cookies used by our website have the following names: [ _ga, _gat, __utma, __utmt, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz and __utmv ].
The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of our website.
4. Third party cookies
- Our website also uses third party cookies.
- We publish Google AdSense interest-based advertisements on our website. These are tailored by Google to reflect your interests. To determine your interests, Google will track your behaviour across the web using cookies. You can read more here:-
- You can view, delete or add interest categories associated with your browser by visiting:-
- You can also opt out of the AdSense partner network cookie using those settings or using the NAI’s (Network Advertising Initiative’s) multi-cookie opt-out mechanism at:-
Other useful Google links
Types of cookies used by google:-
Details of other third party cookies used by our website are set out below:
(a) third party cookies are linked to services provided by third parties, such as ‘Like’ buttons and ‘Share’ buttons. The third party provides these services in return for recognising that you have visited our website.
We use these cookies to link to social networks like Facebook, who may subsequently use information about your visit to target advertising to you on other websites.
(b) Also, from time to time we may imbed other content from other websites, such as Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter and they may also send you cookies whilst using our site.
YouTube is owned by Google – Please see Google links above in section 4.2
(c) Affiliate partnerships – From time to time we may enter into affiliate partnerships (directly or via affiliate marketing companies) with companies we believe will enhance relevant content and product offers on our website. On click through these sites may set cookies whose purpose is to identify e.g. for commission purposes, from which publisher, website and advertisement a click or transaction originated. Obviously, these sites may also set additional cookies for other purposes.
(d) Links to other websites:
5. Blocking cookies
- Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies; for example:
(a) in Internet Explorer you can block cookies using the cookie handling override settings available by clicking “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy” and then “Advanced”;
(b) in Firefox you can block all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Options”, “Privacy”, selecting “Use custom settings for history” from the drop-down menu, and unticking “Accept cookies from sites”; and
(c) in Chrome you can block all cookies by accessing the “Customise and control” menu, and clicking “Settings”, “Show advanced settings” and “Content settings”, and then selecting “Block sites from setting any data” under the “Cookies” heading.
You should be aware that blocking all cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites.
If you block cookies, you will not be able to use all the features on our website.
6. Deleting cookies or Disabling Cookies
- Deleting cookies will have a negative impact on the usability of many websites.
For more information on deleting, disabling or blocking cookies, please visit:-
7. Changes to this Policy